Yuvraj triumphs in battle of big-hitters at Twenty20 World Cup

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New Delhi, Sep 28 (UNI) A winner's medal, six sixes in an over and fastest fifty in any form of cricket are not the only feats Yuvraj Singh can lay claim to. He has also hit the longest six in the inaugural Twenty20 World Cup which India won.

Yuvraj's blow of 119 metres, one of five sixes he clobbered during a 30-ball 70 against Australia in the semi-final at Kingsmead, Durban, was the longest hit in the 27-match event.

And that is not a bad record to have when one considers it was one of a staggering 264 maximums struck over the ropes (along with 659 fours) during 14 days of superb entertainment.

Six of those maximums came from one over of Yuvraj magic when he hit England's Stuart Broad all over Kingsmead on the way to a 12-ball half-century.

The Punjab dasher missed out the feat of hitting most sixes in the tournament by one blow over the ropes.

That achievement belongs to New Zealand's Craig McMillan as the Black Caps player muscled a remarkable 13 balls into the crowd during his side's progress to the semi-finals.

West Indian Chris Gayle, who hit ten sixes in his spectacular 117 from just 57 balls in the tournament opener against South Africa, earned a joint third spot in the list alongside Australia's Matthew Hayden and the home side's Justin Kemp.

Pakistan struck more sixes than any other team -- 41 -- just one ahead of New Zealand and three clear of India, although Mahendra Singh Dhoni's side did have one match washed out, against Scotland in Durban.

Shoaib Malik's side also struck more fours than any other team -- 95 -- one clear of India and 17 in front of Australia.

The final threw up some interesting six-hitting facts. India's Yusuf Pathan hit a six from his first ball in international cricket with an 82m blow, as did Sohail Tanvir of Pakistan, who opened up with a hit of 80m.

Misbah-ul-Haq, who miscued a chip shot over the fine leg to Sreesanth in the last over in their run chase to give India the Tewnty20 trophy, hit the biggest six in that pulsating encounter.

One of Misbah's four sixes in his 38-ball 43 flew 100m and Pakistan hit eight sixes to India's four in that grand finale, but despite that impressive tally it still finished on the losing side by five runs.


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